Which? testing reveals ‘unsafe’ child stair gates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Each month, thousands of new parents buy stair gates, such as the version seen here – which was not one of the products named by Which? Parents should immediately stop using three market-leading child stair gates, a consumer group has said after carrying out its own safety tests. Which? […]

Winter deaths in Scotland at highest level in 18 years

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people who died in Scotland last winter hit a 18-year high, new statistics have revealed. There were 23,137 deaths between December 2017 and March 2018, according to the National Records of Scotland – the highest figure since 1999/2000. It also revealed that the seasonal increase in mortality – […]

Dance lessons for the lonely – on the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients “social” activities, such as dance classes, to tackle loneliness. The strategy, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, will also see postal delivery workers checking in on isolated people during their rounds. The government says about 200,000 older people have not had […]

Crackdown on painkillers amid addiction fears

Image copyright Xesai Two painkillers are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances amid concerns people are becoming addicted to them and misusing them. The drugs – pregabalin and gabapentin – are also used for epilepsy and anxiety. The move, announced by the Home Office, means it will now be illegal to posses the […]

Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and infant deaths. It predicts rising […]

Cwm Taf baby deaths: ‘My baby is buried 4,000 miles away’

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Chioma Udeogu, who lives in Nigeria, has never been able to return to visit her daughter’s grave in Glyntaff Cemetery, Pontypridd Chioma Udeogu hopes one day she will be able to visit her baby girl’s grave thousands of miles away from her home in Nigeria. Her daughter, Favour, was […]

New checks to crack down on free prescription fraud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption England is the only part of the UK which charges for prescriptions Patients claiming free prescriptions in England face checks before medicine is issued in an effort to stamp out fraud. Prescription fraud currently costs the NHS in England an estimated £256m a year. A new digitised system to […]

Terminal breast cancer patients ‘abandoned’ in nurse shortage

Image copyright asiseeit Image caption Dedicated specialist cancer nurses provide physical and emotional support Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses. Three years ago, the government promised […]

NHS waste scandal firm has been ‘vilified’, boss says

Image caption Garry Pettigrew said his company had been “vilified for providing an excellent service” The boss of the firm at the centre of the NHS clinical waste scandal has hit back against claims of mismanagement. Garry Pettigrew, managing director of Healthcare Environmental Services, told the BBC his company had been “vilified for providing an […]

Princess Eugenie: ‘I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar’

Princess Eugenie: ‘I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar’

Image copyright PA The Dress. For many brides what to wear on their big day is one of the most important decisions they’ll make. Ivory or white? A-line or mermaid? Long or short? Fitted or puffy? But for Princess Eugenie there was an extra factor at play. The Queen’s granddaughter had major surgery on her […]